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Something wrong with my dwarf

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I have twin nigerian dwarf goats, will be a year old in May, they are my first goats. Recently one of them has developed a cough. He breaks into it once in a while for about 30 seconds or so. Being concerned I waited for him to poop and when he did it still came in those neat little pellets, but they were kind of stuck together by a bit of what resembled mucus or something. He is still active and alert with a good appetite, and for that I am glad, but I'm really worried it could turn into something worse. If someone could point out what is wrong and how I should help him I would be very grateful. Also I live in PA and it is starting to get pretty cold, I don't know if that is part of it.
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a few things can cause cough...the start of puenomia, allergies, dust from hay or feed and lung worms...
Take his temp to see if that is normal...101.5-103.5 is normal range..
with the mucus in his poop...try this trick goathiker taught us..gather some poop and tie it up in a small square of gauze, float in a cup of water several hours or over night...if its lung worms you will see them or the larve floating in the water....I would choose Valbazen or Ivomec plus to treat them if you find worms...Valbazen is 1 cc per 10# orally and Ivomec is 1 cc pr 40# sub q which does sting...for your boys I would go with valbazen ;) treat both boys

Thank you so much for your advice, I will try that.
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